Sunday: We're Back In Person for a Casual Event with a Focus on Voter Registration and Setting the Stage for 2022
Family Friendly Picnic in the Park
July 18, 2021
1:00 - 4:00pm
IBEW Local 124 - 301 E 103rd Terr. KCMO 64114
Join us for our first event back as we enjoy a family friendly day in the park benefiting our ongoing efforts toward voter registration and identification. We will feature remarks from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, food and drinks, some light discussion and a good time with friends outdoors. This will be less of a traditional political fundraiser so please bring family of all ages and any friends.
Missouri Supreme Court Will Hear Medicaid Expansion Case
The drama to honor the will of the people, who voted by a clear margin in 2018 to expand Medicaid access to a quarter of a million uninsured citizens, will continue in the state's highest court. The state legislature showed no interest in funding the expansion claiming that the ballot measure didn't give a clear funding mechanism and therefore couldn't be mandated without their approval. The ballot language including all legalities were approved by the Secretary of State's office many months before the ballots were even printed.
The three citizens who sued the state and their attorney were expecting the lower court to rule against them and this process was always expected to be decided in the Supreme Court.
Governor Parson Signs COVID Protection (for businesses) Bill
As new COVID-19 cases spike sharply in Missouri, Gov. Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 51 into law on July 7 providing businesses, health care providers, nursing homes and religious institutions with blanket immunity from most lawsuits related to exposure to the disease.
The new law will take effect Aug. 28.
Closing the courthouse doors to most claims relating to COVID-19 exposure has been a top priority for Parson and business groups such as the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry since the pandemic began.
The legislation passed the Missouri House of Representatives 97-57.
While Parson and the Republican legislature are worried about protecting businesses, Missouri now accounts for 10% of the nation's new positive COVID tests as vaccinations, especially in rural areas, remain tragically low.
Former House Speaker Bob Griffin Dies
Bob Griffin, the longest serving speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives in state history, died July 7 in Columbia at the age of 85, the Missouri Independent has reported. No cause of death was immediately available.
Griffin, a Democrat from Cameron, was first elected to the House in 1970. House members elected him speaker pro tem, the chamber’s No. 2 position, in 1977, and he served two terms in the post before his colleagues elevated him to speaker in 1981. Since the state legislature has enacted term limits, nobody will reach the amount of time he served as Speaker without changing the state Constitution.
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, July 15th, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili's, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be
Tony Miller, Jackson County Legislator 3rd District At-Large
President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431
The Jackson County Election Board has two immediate openings for staff positions in their Independence office:
REGISTRATION VERIFICATION SPECIALIST – REGISTRATION DEPARTMENT
ELECTION COORDINATION (SHARED AS BIPARTISAN TEAM) – ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT
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